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Despite a light freshening for 2012, Tacoma was beginning to show its age at this point. Still, the utilitarian, practically bulletproof machine excels in hauling, towing, and off-road use—though not much else. The smooth and punchy V6 powertrain is a saving grace. Still though, for everyday driving or commuting, the Tacoma feels dated and uncomfortable.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard from 2003. ESC standard from 2009. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

Despite a light freshening for 2012, Tacoma was beginning to show its age at this point. Still, the utilitarian, practically bulletproof machine excels in hauling, towing, and off-road use—though not much else. The smooth and punchy V6 powertrain is a saving grace. Still though, for everyday driving or commuting, the Tacoma feels dated and uncomfortable. Clumsy handling makes it a chore to drive and the unsettled ride is fatiguing. Ingress is tricky because of the cabin's high floor and low roof. These also severely compromise the driving position. The rust-free composite bed is a handy and practical feature. Limited cornering capabilities and long stopping distances contributed to its low score in our road tests.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (159 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (236 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

“When in use the screens locks up and the only way to get it to work is to turn off the stereo and turn it back on. It has happened about 4 times in about 11 months. We will have it looked at during the next regular service”

Charlene C., NV (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Needs to be recalled and replaced. When it freezing the volume keeps increasing”

Linda B., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Updates pushed through the satellite system (I think), from Toyota caused the display to freeze and to indicate my iPhone was "calling itself." When I question Toyota about it their response was they do "push" updates, but I should take it to the dealer and pay for a complete update. This is "nuts" I have to pay for a problem Toyota caused!”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“start vehicle screen goes blank or driving along and radio will turn itself off and restart or screen freezes up and u cannot un freeze it until u turn off vehicle and restart.it”

Randolph H., GA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“goes black, shut off and turn on clears it”

Anonymous, ME (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“System will spontaneously reboot”

Stan C., AZ (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“After several months, the Entune system required a software update. Installing the new software required confirming that the intermittent problem actually existed. After several discussions with the service manager, the software was installed and t”

Ray T., TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The computer would reset, so the music would stop playing, the display screen would go blank, and the computer would go through its start up routine again like when we have just started the car. This might happen 3 times just in a 20 minute drive. The dealer was able to fix it”

Linda S., MT (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure Unsure)

“I would get a connection error or the head unit would not recognize my iPhone 5 or 6 when plugged into USB. I had the USB plug replaced and have had better but not perfect results”

Patrick E., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Already been replaced. Still freezes still not working properly won't pair with phone very very unstaisfied with getting it fixed. Sometimes it freezes and you have to pull the car over to shut I down. It locks up. Needs recall and better units put”

Linda B., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Maps were out of date, no update was available”

Stan C., AZ (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Given the cost of the system, I would expect it to perform at least as well as a $100 Garmin dash top, it does not. Maps are out of date when delivered, updates are annual and expensive. It will sometimes route you to a wrong location”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“When used from two phone back-up system will be mess up”

Nghiem N., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The entire radio system in the Tacoma is way too complicated and it never saves your preferences. For example, when pairing my iPhone with the radio, it continues to transfer all of my contacts, call history, etc. when I have set this to "off" a hundred times. Also, I never use the voice command especially for anything paired”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Voice control commands

“when using horn voice command is activated and all electronics shut done till cancelled”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“wrong feedback, misunderstood my commands”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Back up monitor hard to see in bright sunlight. Display hard to see when lights are on during the day/evening”

William M., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Driver side door at top rear isn't sealed properly and allows wind noise at highway speeds”

Jared C., MS (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The cab weather-stripping was not seated properly in the channel. This created wind noise at speeds above 65 mph. Toyota fixed the problem after a second visit and their car wash wash pulled it out of the channel”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Door part # 67861-04062 weatherstrip Frt passenger door was replaced by local dealer. Wind coming crossing the vehicle from driver to passenger side at highway speeds (65-75mph) was creating air noise coming in the top of the passenger door. TSB BD1615 T1-91/T2-57”

Dale G., OK (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Vehicle extremely noise interior problem pronounced when operating in wet conditions”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The clutch linkage started sqeaking about two months ago”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“I have noticeable interior creaks most of the time when I drive the vehicle. I'm pretty sure that the creaks were cause by the numerous 4 wheel drive roads that I drive (my vehicle is a 4x, and I purchased it to drive on rough 4x roads)”

Greg G., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“wind noise from access door seals”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Extreme wind noise at high speed in high cross winds. There is loud whistle especially from the passenger front window. No repair currently available”

Anonymous, NM (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“When the wind is blowing hard on the highway and I am driving 75 mph sometimes the two front side windows will squeal”

Anonymous, KS (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“windshield noise in strong cross wind or at high speeds”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“quite noisy when running fast”

Nghiem N., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“When going over 80 miles an hour, there is a noise that seems to be created by some kind of intake. Dealer seemed unconcerned when there for service. So I don't drive it that fast anymore and I have no problem”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise around door seals during crosswind. Also, extreme high pitched noise emitted intermittently from front of windshield when traveling at highway speed with strong front quartering wind”

Douglas S., WI (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Quit working”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“WHEN PARKED THE AIR COMPRESSOR DOES NOT COOL AIR MUCH, EVEN ON HIGH IT DOES NOT GET COLD/CHILLED”

Perry S., TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“takes forever to heat up and defrost windows”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Mfr failure to design vents to prevent entry by squirrels and mice”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“INCONSISTENT COOLING DUE TO LOW REFRIGERENT”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Blower motor stopped working, had it replaced under warranty all is well”

Cheryl S., GA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Rubber trim on the roof came loose and had to be replaced”

Joe K., CO (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“trim molding became loose, dealer glued it back on, one year later it feel off altogether. Dealer didn't want to cover repair till I threatened to go to Toyota”

Chris R., PA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The Black 2 top rubber trims fall off when going through a car wash. Also the rear (both) mud flaps are loose and one has fallen off. they are too long”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“something eating thru clearcoat on hood and roof”

Randolph H., GA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“near wheel body trim areas”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Plastic sill plate on drivers side rubbed through paint which eventually lead to rusting”

Carl P., NL (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Same as previous question. USB connection was horribly unreliable. Since replacing USB plug it is slightly unreliable. (Could be Apple iOS8)”

Patrick E., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Messaging no longer works though it worked for about a month when I first purchased the vehicle”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Resets while driving, have to stop truck to re-enter a navigation destination”

Ronald P., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Screen buttons vary in size from menu to menu. Some are hard to accurately "target" in a moving vehicle”

Ray T., TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“There are issues with the Bluetooth connection disconnecting for no reason”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

“Infotainment/navigation system shuts down without warning. Appears to be a short in the system as it completely powers down on its own”

Jesse B., SC (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Burnt out bulb”

Chalmers C., FL (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

“Door Ajar remains on in cold weather”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Driver side power door lock failed at 38000 miles. Unacceptable”

Bob B., MA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

“Break pedal goes 11/2 inches from the floor before stopping. Toyota states this is normal for this vehicle. They will not adjust them so it stops with 2 inches of play for stopping. I have to get it adjusted outside. My Prius has 2 inches of play for”

Richard F., NY (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Rotors had to be replaced”

Jeff T., AZ (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

“Heat warps in the rotors. Can feel vibration when touching the brakes over 80 km per hour”

John R., AB (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Springs or torsion bars

“weak rear springs replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, BC (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Wheel balance

“Developed a slight vibration at highway speed, Dealer re-balanced wheels and vibration went away”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

“I have had to put 3 windshields in this truck in one year. My previous truck was a GMC I owned it for 12 years and 190000 miles and never put a windshield in it. The glass in the Toyota is too thin and fragile they need to put in thicker glass”

Joe K., CO (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“This failure of an oxygen sensor is the first major repair issue I have experienced with 7 Tacomas owned over 28 years”

Douglas S., WI (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“Not actually tiing belt but fan belt broke after 300 miles. had to be towed to delarship and new belt put on”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“During hard acceleration the truck vibrates, the dealer says that it is due to the heavy duty shocks”

Christopher R., FL (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“When the clutch started groaning each time it was engaged (Aug 2015), the dealer diagnosed that it needed to be replaced. That time, it was under warranty. Now, the clutch is groaning again”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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